Whether it is a road, parking lot, or pavement, asphalt is one of the best business investments you will ever make.

Once laid out, an asphalt road can last up to 20-25 years, even longer, before it needs to be replaced. Of course, this depends on how well you maintain your asphalt.

Regular wear and tear, as well as local climate conditions, can damage the asphalt. If you ignore these early signs of damage, they can lead to major repair or construction work, even replacement.

That is why today, we talk about the major warning signs that your asphalt road needs repair. Timely repairs can save you a lot of time and money in the long run.

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Here are the top 6 signs that you need immediate asphalt repairs.

1. Cracks

To start off, surface cracks are one of the earliest signs of road damage. Small cracks are easy to repair with crack filling liquid, but major cracks require full depth, professional reclamation.  These major cracks are also called ‘alligator cracks’ because they spread over a large area of the asphalt like a web or an alligator’s skin. 

2. Potholes

Secondly, potholes are also a notable sign that you should call your asphalt contractor right away.

Along with posing a safety hazard, potholes are also an eyesore. Moreover, these openings on your asphalt collect rain and water, and the moisture will weaken the foundation of the road. This leads to further cracks and damage.

Two to three potholes may be patched up, but if you notice more holes that are also deep, it calls for professional repair.

3. Fading

Moving on, while fading is inevitable with regular wear and tear, this type of damage is preventable with sealcoating. You can go for sealcoating once a year, or once every three years, depending on the condition of the asphalt and its usage.

So if you notice that the asphalt is turning from black to gray, it is a sign that the surface is getting older and more susceptible to cracking.

4. Poor drainage

Proper drainage is necessary for the durability of asphalt surfaces of all kinds. In fact, experienced contractors will inspect the drainage of the area before laying out the asphalt.

Poor drainage means that water from rain or melting ice accumulates on the surface. As a result, moisture seeps beneath the surface and damages the layer and binding agents.

5. Loose Edges

Finally, any asphalt parking lot or road not protected on the edge with concrete gutters or curbs will soon have crumbling edges. These loose edges can break apart and leave debris. In this scenario, the contractor will remove the damaged areas and replace them with new asphalt.

So that’s about it! If you notice any of these signs, schedule asphalt repairs as soon as possible. Tackling these issues head-on will reduce the risk of vehicle damage, large holes, or asphalt replacement.

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